Action Against Hunger, an aid group in Borno State have denied allegation that it is sponsoring terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and Islamic State, Newz NG reports.
Newz NG earlier reported that the Nigerian army has shut down the office of aid group, accusing it of “aiding and abetting terrorists” in a move the charity said endangered humanitarian assistance to millions of people.
Reacting to the allegation, the international aid agency in a statement released on Friday, September 20th said it delivers neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian aid to millions of people in Borno State by providing basic services to the most vulnerable, especially women and children.
It also calls on the competent authorities to let us continue work in the region.
The statement reads; “On Wednesday, September 18, Action Against Hunger was ordered by Nigerian army soldiers to close its main office in Maiduguri, Borno State, northeastern Nigeria.
This decision, without notice and without any explanation, jeopardizes the assistance Action Against Hunger provides to the most vulnerable people in Borno State and halts, with immediate effect, the assistance Action Against Hunger provides to millions of people in Maiduguri, Monguno, and Damasak.
Action Against Hunger calls on the competent authorities to let us continue our work in the region.
Action Against Hunger delivers neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian aid to millions of people in Borno State by providing basic services to the most vulnerable, especially women and children.
We do not have further comments at this stage.
Action Against Hunger is the world’s hunger specialist and leader in a global movement that aims to end life-threatening hunger for good within our lifetimes.
For 40 years, the humanitarian and development organization has been on the front lines, treating and preventing hunger across nearly 50 countries. It served more than 21 million people in 2018 alone.”